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Paula Patton talks about topless scene in '2 Guns'

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International   |   Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Paula Patton says she has no plans to star in a followup to husband Robin Thicke's sexy "Blurred Lines" music video.

Asked during a press conference for her latest film "2 Guns" if fans might be seeing her soon in a "Blurred Lines, Part 2" clip, the actress replied, "No, you won't be.

"Only in my home videos, just kidding. That's not happening. No, I burned all those a long time ago," she joked.

Patton went on to say she discussed with Thicke her decision to be shown topless in bed with Denzel Washington in "2 Guns," but her husband hadn't actually seen her half-naked and straddling her co-star until the film's premiere.

"It just seemed really phony to me to have a shirt on and so I just kind of sprung it on [director Baltasar Kormakur] and I came to set and said: 'I'm not going to be wearing a top.' I asked Robin before and I said, 'Because it doesn't feel natural.' And he goes, 'Go for it, babe, absolutely.' We don't really get hung up on those things. Straddling [co-stars] is a different story. But once I said I'm going to take my shirt off, Denzel said, 'Well, I'm going to take my shirt off.'"

Although Patton and Thicke have been together since they were teens, got married in 2005 and now have a 3-year-old son, the actress said she doesn't think their romance would make a good movie.

"No, I don't think so," she said. "It's a weird thing because we're not that closed about our relationship because we've been together since we're 14 and 15 years of age, so it feels funny to be like, 'I don't want to talk about my husband.' But a lot of things you want to keep private and, of course, nothing in life is perfect. So it may look amazing, but we have ups and downs just like everybody."

"2 Guns" casts Washington and Patton as Drug Enforcement Agency operatives with different agendas caught between a drug cartel and various other government agencies. The film gave the actors the chance to work together again after they first collaborated on the 2006 picture "Deja Vu."

"I was fairly new to acting when I first got a chance to work with Denzel in 'Deja Vu' and I have to tell you, it's like taking a master class. It changed everything for me," Patton said. "I learned from him by watching him. He didn't tell me what to do. But I would just watch him and you never knew what he was going to throw at you, so for the first time as an actor I really felt like I was in the moment. I couldn't remember what happened and the director would come in -- the lovely Tony Scott, I just loved that man -- and he would be like, 'That was great.' And I had no idea what I did. ... That's the amazing thing about Denzel. He's like a jazz musician and a scene that might be written one way and he might come at it a different way each take and that just keeps you on your toes and changed me as an actor. So, working with him again was almost like a refresher course because he is one of the greatest actors of our time and he's been my greatest mentor -- without him even knowing it. It was very special for me and an honor."

Co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos, "2 Guns" is in theaters now.

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